Bakers (NOC 6332) may also be called:
- Pastry Chef
- Cake Decorator
What Would I Do?
Depending on the size and type of bakery, you may do a wide variety of tasks including:
- creating or following recipes
- preparing and mixing ingredients
- forming dough
- creating and decorating items such as breads, cakes, pies and cookies
- ordering supplies
Some bakers make all kinds of baked goods, while others concentrate on just one type, such as bread or pastry.
You must also make sure quality is maintained and safety and sanitation guidelines are followed.
Am I Suited For This Job?
Bakers should be creative, detail oriented and enjoy working with their hands!
Bakers are usually expected to do shift-work, including early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays. You often work under strict deadlines and time-sensitive baking requirements, which can cause stress.
You must be physically strong and have stamina as bakers are required to lift heavy loads, carry containers, and stand for long periods. You must be able to ensure that public health standards are met.
You may work as part of a team, or work alone when baking particular items. Bakery jobs can be either part-time or full-time.
What Are The Wages And Benefits?
In British Columbia, the average annual salary ranges from $33,000 to $44,000. Your wage depends on experience, skill level, type of bakery and region of the province.
In BC’s regions, you can expect to make:
Table from Job Bank Wage Report
In addition to a salary, full-time bakers generally receive benefits such as paid vacation and sick leave.
If you work for a large operation or in-store bakery you may be required to join a union. In unionized bakeries, pay rates and benefits are negotiated with employers on your behalf.
What Is The Job Outlook In BC?
The job outlook for bakers is influenced by British Columbia’s growing population and strong tourism industry. Consumer tastes are also changing, showing a greater preference for healthy, high-end products and specialty baked goods.
These trends have created a demand for skilled bakers, particularly those with trade certification.
Employment Outlook Bakers
Chart from WorkBC Career Profile
How Do I Become a Baker?
Bakers “usually” require:
- completion of high school
- completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship program
- a college program in baking
In some cases on-the-job training may be provided instead of formal education.
In British Columbia, trade certification for bakers is available, but not mandatory.
To receive a Certificate of Qualification as a baker, you write the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Exam. With a Red Seal, you can work in this trade anywhere in Canada.
For more information about apprenticeship programs and certification see:
- Immigrants in Trades Training Initiative (ITTI)
This project, which is funded by the Industry Training Authority, provides financial and other support to help you gain your certification.
How Do I Find A Job?
Where do Bakers Work?
Bakers work in variety of food-related businesses. Most are employed in retail settings such as:
- specialty bakeries
Finding Advertised Jobs
Jobs are advertised in a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines and online job sites.
You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, in The Province on Sundays.
Job White Pages
- Available online or in print at the Central Library
NOTE: You can only access this database from the Central Library or VPL branch libraries. Access is NOT available from home or outside the Library.
Online Job Postings
Finding “Hidden Jobs”
Many job vacancies are not advertised. The resources below help you with finding jobs in this “hidden” job market.
Using Directories to Create a List of Potential Employers
You can use company directories to produce lists of employers who employ bakers in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.
- Tourism Companies. Go2HR
Under ‘Sector’ choose ‘Food & Beverage Services’
- Directory of Retail Chains in Canada
Includes contact information for large supermarkets in BC.
Available at the Central Library. C380 D5983
- Reference Canada
Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
In the top search box enter “bakers” and click LOOKUP.
Select the appropriate headings.
Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).
Networking, Volunteering and Temporary Agencies
Many positions are filled by people who have been recommended by someone they know. Networking, working as a volunteer or registering with a temporary employment agency are good ways of helping you find jobs and meet people in your industry.
Networking and the Hidden Job Market:
When looking for work, be sure to talk to friends, relatives and neighbours. They may know someone who is hiring! Working as a volunteer, attending events, and joining clubs and associations are good ways to gain “Canadian experience.” They are also good ways to meet people to learn about the local job market.
For additional tips see:
Applying for a Job
In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience.
Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.
For more information see:
Where Can This Job Lead?
Once you have completed an apprenticeship and/or have sufficient experience and training, it is possible for you to become a baking executive or manager. You may also want to start your own business.